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Volunteers, residents make 2013 Bexley Cleanup count

The streets and parks of Bexley and surrounding areas are cleaner this week thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers who came out Saturday, April 13, for the fifth annual Greater Bexley Cleanup.

And judging from the huge amount of old computers, televisions and other equipment we collected for recycling and proper disposal, lots of people's attics and basements are less cluttered, too.

Despite a chilly wind, we had volunteers from local scouting groups and other youth organizations, Capital University students, teams from local businesses and individuals and families who came out and helped pick up trash throughout the community. Through their efforts, we ended up with dozens of trash bags full of litter, and even two kayak "barges" full of litter pulled out of Alum Creek. Thanks to all.

Afterwards, it was great to sit down with other volunteers and enjoy hot pizza donated by Papa John's and the platters of gourmet sandwiches provided by the new Jimmy John's location in Bexley. Tim Horton's provided dozens of doughnuts and Starbucks sent over hot coffee to fuel our volunteers. A big thanks to the Dr Pepper Snapple Group for providing drinks for us, too.

Thanks also to Masser Metals & Recycling for accepting any and all old metal and Batteries Plus for taking batteries for recycling. First Bexley Bank donated shredding through Shred-It, and that was such a success that the truck reached capacity by 11 a.m. Two hours later, workers were still processing boxes of shredding dropped off by residents.

Due to the generosity and spring-cleaning spirit of area residents, Goodwill filled its truck with donated goods and DARN received close to 40 bicycles that will be given to families that need them.

One of our community's great strengths is the warmth and willingness with which our residents pull together for the greater good of the community.

This event is a volunteer-organized and driven event that wouldn't exist without our resident organizers -- we all owe of them a debt of gratitude for their hard work and dedication.

Ben Kessler, mayor of Bexley, provided this column to ThisWeek Bexley News.